Paul Manship, United States Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal (reverse), 1942, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Paul Manship, 1966.47.140
The Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal has been awarded since 1939 to seamen who have distinguished themselves through outstanding conduct or service in the line of duty. Paul Manship’s artist’s strike, or sample, shows a preliminary design for the reverse. The eight spokes of the ship’s wheel repeat the eight points of the stylized compass on the obverse.
United States Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal (reverse)
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overall: 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) diam.
1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm) diam. of medal
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Bequest of Paul Manship
- Allegory – civic – military
- Emblem – military insignia
- Emblem – seal
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